W. TENNIS | Women’s team cruises with two victories

Elizabeth Epstein ’13 won both of her matches over the weekend.
Elizabeth Epstein ’13 won both of her matches over the weekend. Photo by Cristiana Manole.

The women’s tennis team easily defeated the visiting University of Massachusetts and East Tennessee State University this weekend, improving its spring season record to an impressive 6–2.

“Our goal in both matches was to be the more aggressive team and try to work on the style of play we want to execute under pressure later in the season,” captain Stevi Petrelli ’11 said.

Against the Minutemen on Saturday, the Bulldogs took five out of six singles points, as well as the doubles point.

At the No. 1 singles spot, Vicky Brook ’12 quickly dispatched Yuliana Motyl in two sets, dropping only two games in the match. Elizabeth Epstein ’13 bested Julia Comas with similar ease, winning 6–3, 6–1.

“I would have to say that the aggressive style of play really helped a lot of [us] this weekend, and notably myself and [Epstein].” Brook said.

The Minutemen scored their only point of the day at the No. 3 singles. After dropping the first set 4–6, Blair Seideman ’14 took the second set 6–0 but eventually lost the tiebreaker 8–10 to Candynce Boney. Petrelli, Annie Sullivan ’14 and Kim Szokol ’14 scored the remaining three singles points for Yale. On the doubles side, the Bulldogs swept all three matches and secured the doubles point.

The Buccaneers offered little resistance on Sunday and the Elis were able to score all seven points, dropping only a doubles match.

Brook and Epstein both downed their opponents 6–1, 6–1. Seidman had another closely contested three-set match but came out on top by beating Marine Wieliczko 4–6, 7–6, 10–5. Petrelli defeated Karina Kedzo 6–4, 6–2, Sullivan bested Diana Navrostska 6–0, 6–4 and Szokol completed the singles sweep with 6–4, 6–1 victory over Andra Voinea.

“Since these matches weren’t as close as some of our past matches have been, it presented a great opportunity to continue improving and working on the aggressive style of play that we want to define our team.” Petrelli said.

The team of Brook and Lindsay Clark ’11 edged out Kedzo and Paula Jaime 9–7 for their fifth victories together this spring. Epstein and Silia DeFilippis ’11 secured the doubles point at the No. 3 spot, winning 8–3.

The team will travel to Princeton University this Friday for the ECAC Indoor Tennis Championships. As the two–time defending champion, the Bulldogs is ranked only below Princeton and will face off against another Ivy League rival, Columbia, in the opening round.

“We’re very excited heading into the ECAC Championships to defend our title,” Petrelli said. “It’s important that we stay fresh since it’s a long weekend and since it usually just comes down to the mentally tougher team on the last day of playing. Our goal is never about the win or loss but getting better in each match and being the more energetic and aggressive team.”

If the Elis defeat the Lions in the opening match, they will face off against the winner of Harvard/Cornell on Saturday, February 19.

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